New route on the Silk Road: from Lianyungang to Uzbekistan

A new service has been launched on the New Silk Road, connecting the eastern port of Lianyungang to Uzbekistan via Kazakhstan. It marks a milestone in the development of the Chinese port as a gateway to Central Asia.

The first train departed on Saturday 13 August, from the city of Wuxi to be precise. From here, it moved to the port of Lianyungang, which is located a little further up north in the province of Jiangsu. The train will continue its way to Kazakhstan, and make a final leap to Uzbekistan, its end destination.

The shipment is projected to take nearly 20 days. More than 1,000 goods, including household appliances and auto parts with a total cost of 4.4 million US dollars are loaded on the train, destined for the Uzbek market. But the service also works in the opposite direction, with the port of Lianyungang being an export gate to markets as Japan and Singapore.

Lianyungang Port

Lianyungang Port is a port on the east coast of China known to specialise in the connection with Central Asia, but also has a vast track record of routes on the New Silk Road. In December 1992, the first international freight train departed from Lianyungang and ever since, it has grown.

Today, is one of the top ten ports in China and in the top 30 worldwide. It competes with the larger ports of Shanghai and Qingdao Ports, also on the eastern coast.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “New route on the Silk Road: from Lianyungang to Uzbekistan”

Murali Bhanu|17.08.22|07:01

Seems there are longer, heavier trains…
The train consisted of 439 wagons and several diesel locomotives distributed along the train with a total mass of 43,400 tonnes and a total length of 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi).

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